WA has become the first state to put works by Australian authors onto a school curriculum list of mandatory titles, reports The Age. The specialist literature course will be available to Year 11 and 12 students from 2009 and forms part of the State’s overhaul of the Year 12 West Australian Certificate of Education.

Most states already have homegrown authors like Tom Keneally and Miles Franklin on their list of recommended texts but never have they been compulsory reading before now. NSW is not far behind as Education Minister John Della Bosca yesterday outlined plans to strengthen the study of Australian literature in schools. The Australia Council has welcomed the decisions from both states.

Read the story in full at The Age.

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One Response to “Aussie books to be compulsory reading in WA”

  1. genevieve,

    My niece is reading The Children’s Bach and Judith Wright for Year 12 lit here in Vic though. And I’ve heard younger people rave about Gwen Harwood’s collected poems, which is rather lovely. So maybe a mandate is not that necessary.

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